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October 21, 2016

Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels means turning to plant-derived biofuels and chemicals. But producing them cost-effectively from plants and other organic matter – collectively referred to as biomass – is a major engineering challenge. Most biomass comes in the form of non-edible plants like trees, grass, and algae, which contain sugars that can be fermented to produce fuel.

October 14, 2016

MADISON -- When scientists reported in 2014 that they had successfully engineered a poplar plant “designed for deconstruction,” the finding made international news. The highly degradable poplar, the first of its kind, could substantially reduce the energy use and cost of converting biomass to a number of products, including biofuels, pulp, and paper.

Rebecca Smith

October 13, 2016

The Wisconsin Energy Institute is buzzing with about 400 scientists, graduate students and staff. It boasts the University of Wisconsin System's largest grant, $265 million over a decade. But, its sunsets next year, and the Energy Institute is at a pivotal point, both in leadership and funding. The institute submitted its proposal Sept. 30 to renew a massive federal grant from the U.S.

October 13, 2016

In 2014, when University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers announced in the journal Nature Communications that they had developed transparent sensors for use in imaging the brain, researchers around the world took notice.

September 30, 2016

Midwest Energy News has placed Daniel Ludois, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and an affiliate of the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI), on its “40 Under 40” list, recognizing him as one of the Midwest’s emerging leaders in transitioning America to a clean energy econom

Tim Donohue

September 29, 2016

University of Wisconsin bacteriology professor Tim Donohue was named the UW Foundation Chairman Fetzer-Bascom professor for his research on renewable fuel creating bacteria earlier this month.

Mike Veling

September 26, 2016

Proteins are the hammers and tongs of life, with fundamental roles in most of what happens in biology. But biologists still don’t know what thousands of proteins do, and how their presence or absence affects the cell.

September 23, 2016

As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries, the commonplace batteries used in everything from hybrid vehicles to laptop computers, are too expensive a solution to use on something as massive as the electric grid.

September 23, 2016

UW-Madison faculty and students introduced the upcoming Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge Thursday.

Competitors will work in teams to create projects aiming to either improve the environment or aid developing countries. Applications open Sept. 27, and the organization encourages students of all majors to get involved.

September 19, 2016

Research is often an empowering experience for undergraduates, but for six students who spent the summer of 2016 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, their efforts generated results that could also help bring power to people around the world.